Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Jan. 31 Essay Response

Posted by Kimberlea Ferrell on January 30, 2017

I get most of my news from Twitter or Facebook. This being said, I always check for articles and sources, because anyone can say anything they want. This is a major problem because people tend to not check what people tell them. This also can play into a confirmation bias but I won’t get into that. The “Twitter Revolutions?” essay proves how when used correctly and wisely, social media is an amazing way of spreading information and bringing people together. Platforms like Twitter can launch awareness for things that maybe wouldn’t get attention otherwise, or would be seen in a biased light by the platforms that would cover them. Don’t get me wrong, there can be bias on any platform of media.

Also in the “Twitter Revolutions?” a quote that was used from Clay Shirky had the line “We feel faster than we think.” This really jumped out at me. How many times do we get angry and forget about our original point and only focus on our anger? This affects the way we spread information, because people get angry instead of showing facts and calmly discussing viewpoints. We get angry and full of hate instead of trying to understand others or inform them of facts. Emotions cloud our logic when we feel so strongly.

Emotional things are also the things that are spread so quickly. People tend to share things that make them feel, whether happy or sad or angry. They want to share their feelings with others, and see them react the way they did. I personally send my best friend news articles I find because I know how she would feel about these things. I send her cute animal pictures because she loves animals. We share cute videos because of our social connections, the same as we share shockingly horrible things with others.

(As a side note that has nothing to do with the discussion, I loved how the dandelion on the side changes as you scroll through the essays)


2 Responses to “Jan. 31 Essay Response”

  1. Sean Hull said

    It’s interesting to consider that prolific sharing of dubious information is a result of its emotionally inflaming content, though I suppose evidence of that abounds: there are so many examples of fake news articles circulated via Facebook, looking to get ad revenue off of page visits, and most of them get their clicks by appealing to the emotions of the USA’s polarized political parties.

  2. emilyjones232 said

    I really like how you mentioned the quote from “Twitter Revolutions?”. That quote also stuck out to me and I completely agree with it. Our feelings can overtake our logistics and cloud our judgement is what originally seemed to be a simple situation.

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